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I am replacing the front wheel bearing assembly on a

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I am replacing the front wheel bearing assembly on a passenger side 2006 4runner. I could not get the rotor off. I tried everything. I just tried a puller. Now the front part of the old bearing is coming off the drive shaft.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I can help.

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Have you tried spraying rust penetrating oil around the inner most part of the rotor? Then wack the rotor between the studs carefully as hard as you can. Do a star pattern when you do this. Also, sometimes rotors have screws on the face of the rotor that are flush with it. They are usually phillips head screws. This may not be the case, but you need to check

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I tried this. I did not work, but I did not smash it as hard as I can. What will happen if I keep going with the puller? The rotor is coming along for the ride.
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

You need top hit it hard! A puller might screw up your rotor

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Don't worry, you aren't going to mess it up. Unless you hit a stud!

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Don't use a regular nail driving hammer either. You need a bigger one

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

One neat little trick is to put pieces of rubber hose on the studs before hammering

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
still not working.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
can I wack it from the back? I am willing to buy another rotor
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Yeah you can if you want. Watch out for flying debris. What kind of penetration oil are you using?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
pb blaster
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Oh that's good.

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

The problem you might run into is that if the bearing is coming apart, the rotor will probably never come off

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I sprayed it around the hub and studs
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Everything might come off together in one piece.

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

You can spray it again and wait till morning to try again. Let the PB work into it

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Do you also have a small torch?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Anywhere else I should spray it?
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Just around the circle center where the two meet.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What will all come off If I keep using the puller?
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Sometimes heating it up will do the trick too.

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Never used a puller. But if the puller is pushing the bearing towards the car and pulling the rotor away from the car it would work

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

In other words, it is trying to separate the two

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Can you crank down on the puller and then use the hammer?

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Maybe sneak a long metal pipe or something through the fingers of the puller and hammer it?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Just sprayed some blaster. I think I will try your other suggestions in the morning
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

Sounds like a good idea! I will check back with you in the morning

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I got the rotor off by putting the nut on the shaft and using the puller. Now I have removed the bearing assembly and a finely coiled round ring that is now distorted came off. I tried putting it back in the same spot I thought it came from ,but it is too distorted to fit. Do I really need it?
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  David Gieswein replied 9 months ago.

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